Academic Programs

Sustainable Tourism Concentration

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  Concentration Description:

The M.A. in Global Sustainability concentration in tourism, enables students to learn knowledge and skills as well as obtain personal experience in field of sustainable tourism. Taking advantage of the Florida environment, the concentration focuses specifically on coastal habitat and marine environment issues related to tourism. The program also educates students in the concepts of the Global Sustainable Tourism Council Criteria, the concepts of the UNWTO international network for sustainable observatories (INSTO), and provides many experiential learning opportunities including but not limited to beaches, marina, aquariums, and theme parks in Florida.

 

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Concentration Director: 

 

Dr. David Randle

Adjunct Faculty
Director of Sustainable Tourism Concentration

Dr. Randle

 

Concentration Courses (9 credit hours)

Choose three: 

Examine organizational effectiveness methodologies including Continuous Quality Improvement, Six Sigma, Geri, Hospitality Leadership and Sustainability as they relate to human resources leadership and effectiveness in the hospitality industry.

*This course is only available online.

This course focuses on environmentally and socially responsible tourism strategies and innovations, including initiatives such as the Global Sustainable Tourism Council. It examines how destinations have improved competitiveness by creating environmentally and socially friendly tourism products and services. The course emphasizes establishing policies and management plans to identify and reduce the environmental impact created by tourism facilities and services, and looks at how to create environmental management systems (EMS) with broad public/private support.

*This course is available on-campus and online.

This course focuses the ecotourism and sustainable tourism management for coastal habitat and marine protection. The course includes strategies and innovations, including best practices developed in the global "Blue Criteria" and the Sustainable Travel "Shore Excursion" criteria. It examines the major threats of coastal habitat and marine environments, such as ocean acidification, climate change, overfishing, and pollution. The course emphasizes establishing policies and management plans to identify and reduce the environmental impact created by tourism facilities and services, examines twelve cost effective strategies for coastal and marine habitat protection and provides an introduction to culture based leadership development for change.

*This course is available on-campus and online.

*This course is currently pending approval and may be taken as an elective
*Course number may differ from the USF Class Schedule Search

This course will use an interdisciplinary approach to explore climate vulnerability, and pathways of climate mitigation and adaption. Case studies will be reviewed to provide insight on climate change adaption planning and societal resilience. This course is offered both online and on-campus.

*This course is available on-campus and online.
*Course number may differ from the USF Class Schedule Search.

Learn about the community of people involved in marine affairs; the use of the sea and coast; current technology and the major policy issues related to the technology trends, and identify multiple sources of information available to students.

*This course is only available on-campus.

 

On successful completion of this program, participants should be able to: 

For more information about this concentration, please contact the PCGS Academic Programs Director,

Randall Pape
rpape@usf.edu